No proof lawmaker's aide fired for spurning him
A two-year Legco panel investigation into claims that lawmaker Kam Nai-wai sacked a female aide after she rejected his advances has concluded that the allegations cannot be substantiated, a source said.
The seven-member panel's chairwoman, Sophie Leung Lau Yau-fun, will present its report at today's Legislative Council meeting.
The source said the investigation had found sufficient evidence to prove Kam, of the Democratic Party, had made 'inconsistent' remarks to the media when explaining his September 2009 sacking of Kimmie Wong Lai-chu. However, they found insufficient proof that Kam had dismissed her because she had spurned his affections. The source did not say whether the panel recommended censuring Kam.
Lawmakers will vote on a censure motion on April 18. If it is carried by two-thirds of the 60-member legislature, Kam will lose his seat.
The source said: 'In a statement by Wong [in December 2009], she said when she was alone with Kam on one occasion [in June that year], Kam expressed affection for her and she immediately rejected him.
'It was months later that Kam fired Wong suddenly. The exact reasons for the dismissal could not be confirmed. Wong declined to testify and did not make any written statement [to the committee].'
The source said the panel had deemed it apparent, however, that Kam had made inconsistent remarks. In October 2009, he told the media he had never made advances to Wong, but days later he admitted expressing affection for her.
The source said the committee believed Kam failed to handle the dismissal properly: he terminated Wong's contract with immediate effect and without explanation. After Wong complained to the party and the incident came to light, Kam paid Wong HK$150,000 compensation and made public a letter of apology he wrote to her after the dismissal.
In 2009, Wong said Kam had repeatedly asked to meet her alone after their June exchange but she had rejected all requests not related to work. Wong also said Kam asked her out for lunch again on September 23, but she declined. 'Then in the afternoon he asked to meet me alone in the office. I refused to close the office door since it was about business.'
She was fired two days later.